Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program at Stanford University

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  • DEADLINE : October 12
  • LEVEL : DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS and PhD
  • FUNDING: Fully Funded
  • OPEN TO : All nationalities
  • HOST COUNTRY: United States of America
  • HOST UNIVERSITY : Stanford University

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Stanford University announced the Knight-Hennessy scholarship program, a graduate-level scholarship to prepare a new generation of global leaders.

The Knight-Hennessy scholarship program will annually admit 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment.

Scholars will receive funding for three years to pursue master‘s or doctorate level degrees, or professional programs along with education in leadership, innovation and other curricula designed to develop scholars’ capacity to lead ambitious change in a complex world.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars are the largest fully endowed scholarship program in the world.

Stanford University is ranked among the top five in the world, Stanford’s seven graduate and professional schools in which scholars will enroll include law; business; medicine; engineering; humanities and sciences; education; and Earth, energy and environmental sciences.

Scholars pursuing PhD or MD degrees will have the option to receive funding beyond three years.

What does the Knight-Hennessy scholarship cover?

The Knight-Hennessy scholarship is a fully funded program that covers the following :

  • An exemption from tuition fees.
  • A stipend for living and academic expenses, including : A Room and board, books, academic supplies, instructional materials, local transportation, and personal expenses.
  • A travel grant intended to cover an economy-class ticket for one annual trip to and from Stanford.

Eligibility for the Knight-Hennessy scholarship

There are no restrictions based on nationality, age, college or university, field of study, or career aspiration. The Knight-Hennessy scholarship program encourage citizens and residents of all countries to apply.

The program do not require applicants to seek endorsements from colleges, universities, or other institutions. Application is open and free for anyone.

There are two baseline eligibility requirements :

  1. First, in addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars, you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program. Each incoming Knight-Hennessy Scholar must be a newly enrolling student in a Stanford graduate program. There are no quotas by discipline or program, but priority consideration will be given to those who will spend at least two years studying at Stanford.
  2. Second, you must have earned, in January 2015 or later, a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing in the applicant’s country.

For U.S. military (active or veteran) applicants, the program extend the eligibility window by two years in acknowledgement of longer service commitments; you must have earned your degree in January 2013 or later to enroll in 2022.

Undocumented students are eligible to apply for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, but must meet eligibility for the graduate program.

What does the Knight-Hennessy program look for?

Besides the aforementioned eligibility criteria, the program seeks visionary thinkers who are curious, open-minded, analytical, eager for cross-cultural perspective, and genuinely excited to boldly and creatively address our world’s important challenges.

Eligible programs for the Knight-Hennessy scholarship

All Stanford graduate programs are eligible, including, but not limited to: DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or PhD programs.

Check all programs offered by Stanford University here :

School of Law

Graduate School of Business

How to apply for the Knight-Hennessy scholarship?

You must apply separately to

  • The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship program.
  • And to a Stanford graduate degree program.

Your two separate applications — the Knight-Hennessy Scholars application and the Stanford graduate program application — have distinct evaluation criteria, application requirements, selection processes and timelines, and admissions committees.

Once you have selected a graduate degree program, from the list above, visit the program’s website to confirm its application deadline, procedures, program requirements, and any fees.

While applications for the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship program are already open, They are NOT for the Stanford Graduate Program.

Application for the Knight-Hennessy scholarship program will be close October 12, 1:00 pm Pacific Time

Here are key dates for admission to Stanford Graduate Program :

Graduate Degree ProgramApplication OpensApplication Deadline
MBA Program, Graduate School of BusinessJune 2022Round 1 Deadline: September 9, 2022
MD Program, School of MedicineJune 2022AMCAS Deadline:
October 1, 2022*Supplemental Deadline:  October 21, 2022
MA, MS and PhD in Education,
Graduate School of Education
October 2022November 15, 2022
JD and advanced degrees,
Stanford Law School
September 2022December 1, 2022
Any other Stanford graduate degree programOctober 2022Program’s standard deadline or
December 1, 2021, whichever is earlier

So, How competitive is the Knight-Hennessy scholarship ?

The program is extremely competitive. In its inaugural year, 3600 applications were received for up to 50 awards (most of them are from the USA and Canada), and in its second, 4,424 applications for 69 awards (a 1.6% acceptance rate). For 2021, the number of expected applications is 10,000.

What GPA do you need to get into any Stanford Graduate Program?

The GPA of students admitted to Stanford is 3.96 on a 4.0 scale, which means you really need to be a straight-A student to even be considered for admissions. It’s possible to get in with a GPA under 3.9, but you’ll need to compensate with higher SAT or ACT scores too.

Is it hard to get accepted in Stanford University ?

With an admission rate of 3.64% in 2020, Stanford University ranks as one of the most difficult schools to get into. This rate only reflects admission into Stanford’s undergraduate school. Some schools at Stanford are even more competitive, such as Stanford’s School of Medicine (2.3%).

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